With a variety of up-and-coming neighborhoods taking shape around Philadelphia, there are more options than ever when it comes to finding a place to settle down. Though the city boasts a handful of great areas, the suburbs have their fair share of covetable zip codes, too. We caught up with real estate expert Michael Sivel, of The Sivel Group, to get an inside look into the towns and city neighborhoods that should be on your radar. The Sivel Group, 14 W. Evergreen Ave., 215-248-6536
603 W. Hartwell Ln., Chestnut Hill.
“Our beloved home base is a picturesque community of distinctive period homes and award-winning gardens with a rich architectural character and strong civic pride. A standout Sivel Group offering in Chestnut Hill is 603 W. Hartwell Ln., one of the area’s most admired estates. This warm, inviting home has been meticulously renovated with stunning spaces for entertaining. The main house was built in 1929, and a large addition added in 2005. The elegant guest wing dates to the early 1800s. With impeccable landscaping, handcrafted details, and commanding views of the beautiful grounds from every room, Hartwell Lane is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
6011 W. Valley Green Rd., Whitemarsh.
“Just a few miles up the Wissahickon is scenic Whitemarsh, home to old mills and such celebrated historic sites as the Hope Lodge, The Miller’s House at Spring Mill, and the magnificent 450-acre Erdenheim Farm. Residents enjoy easy access to Fort Washington State Park and the Green Ribbon Walking Trail. Excellent local services, lower taxes, and close proximity to Chestnut Hill and Center City make this a privileged setting for one of the loveliest homes in Whitemarsh. Represented by The Sivel Group, 6011 W. Valley Green Rd. is a classic Georgian Colonial on 1.5 park-like acres, and is replete with architectural details. This property is currently under contract.”
825 Lewis Ln., Blue Bell.
“Blue Bell, in Whitpain Township, is another excellent place to call home. In 2005, Money magazine ranked Blue Bell the 14th Best Place to Live in the United States. The lightly developed community boasts amazing nature preserves, top-rated schools, and a private airport. A standout residence in Blue Bell is 825 Lewis Ln., a spacious custom retreat for lovers of rural beauty who value quick access to superb shopping, dining, and entertainment. From the soaring great room and lavish master suite to the home theater and wine cellar, 825 Lewis Ln. is a showcase of smart design—and the finest new construction in Blue Bell.”
The Estates on Gypsy Hill, Gwynedd Valley.
“Just a little further up the Wissahickon Valley is another of Greater Philadelphia’s premier addresses. Gwynedd Valley has been dubbed ‘The New Main Line’ for its wooded neighborhoods, fine manor homes, open green spaces, and horse culture. The hot new local listing from The Sivel Group is situated on one of most desirable streets in Lower Gwynedd, just a short train ride to Center City via Septa’s Doylestown Line. The Estates on Gypsy Hill present a rare opportunity to have your dream home built-to-order by the area’s leading custom builder, Guidi Homes. Enjoy extraordinary attention to design, true custom craftsmanship, and a stately setting on a beautiful estate of nearly eight acres.”